Bokksu is a premium snack box that features authentic Japanese snacks, as well as a tea pairing to go with it. There are two levels to choose from: Classic Bokksu ($39.99 USD) includes an assortment of 20-25 premium Japanese snacks and a tea pairing; Tasting Bokksu ($25 USD) includes 10-14 premium Japanese snacks and a tea pairing. The snacks sent are not easily found outside of Japan and this subscription ships internationally from Japan. Shipping is already included in the price. I am reviewing the Classic Bokksu.
Other Japanese snack subscription services use mass-produced mainstream snacks that can be readily found in most Asian markets outside of Japan. Bokksu directly sources its artisanal snacks from local snack makers in Japan (some of whom have been around for over 200 years!). We only curate high quality and gourmet snacks, never filler items. We are also the ONLY service that handselects a tea pairing for each box to complement that month’s flavors.
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My box was shipped in a slightly bigger box this month and it looks like I received a bonus pack of potato sticks which were not listed in the booklet.
This box was packed full!
I received a card from Bokksu.
The card says that it is Bokksu’s anniversary this month and those who subscribe to the Classic Bokksu received an extra snack so that explains the bigger shipping box.
April’s theme is TOUR OF JAPAN. I am always impressed with the booklet that is included in the box, and now it’s new and improved!
I am always happy to learn new things and so the expanded booklet is welcome.
Luckily they kept the picture of all of the featured snacks.
Here are few new words to learn. Some of them are familiar to me.
Each product was shown and even listed which part of Japan it originated from, brand name, common allergens, and a description.
It now lists the manufacturer and notes whether or not the product is vegetarian.
All of this month’s product have been sent in the past year. I haven’t been a subscriber that long so some of them are new to me.
A map shows where each snack came from.
More info on Japan.
Some members were in the spotlight.
The back of the mini mag had info on how you can earn points plus a glimpse at the next box theme!
Everything in the May 2019 Classic Bokksu!
Takoyaki Corn Puffs. Why, oh why was there only one bag of these in my Bokksu? They are so tasty, sweet, salty, umami. Just yummy.
It even looks pretty, with little green specks of seasoning!
Mini Red Bean Crackers hide a surprise filling – red bean paste!
It was a tasty blend of a cracker and a cookie, not super sweet but not something to eat with cheese either. It doesn’t taste like beans at all.
Persimmon Candy was the first candy made exclusively for Bokksu and was in a classic fall flavor.
Isn’t it adorable, I love the hint of green! I grew up with a persimmon tree in my yard so this was a nice little trip back in time to when my mom made persimmon cookies and persimmon bread. Classic hard candies with a unique but fruity flavor.
Pure Gyokuro Tea is my favorite drink and I have discovered a few different types in the past year or two. The instructions said to use 3 ounces of tea and to steep for 90 seconds. I’m a rebel just for kicks so I used 8 ounces of water and steeped it for 3 minutes. I liked the light flavor and added a bit of sugar to bring out the sweetness. The flavor of this type is interesting and has vegetal notes, sort of like spinach or seaweed.
Seaweed Tempura With Sudachi I was looking forward to these treats but the seaweed was a bit fishy for my tastes. This snack had a bit of that citric acid tongue tingling thanks to the sudachi seasoning.
It was a crispy treat for sure!
Honey Butter Stick Potato Subscribers who receive the Classic Box received a bonus snack, which may vary. I received this product that was in a recent box.
These are like potato sticks but with a honey butter flavor. It reminds me of a sweet potato!
Kabukiage Rice Crackers Siquasha Salt I have tried a few different flavors of this type of crispy cracker but this one was so different, and I liked it!
I popped one in my mouth and expected it to maybe be salty and fishy, but it tasted like lemon! It was salty also but this was just so tasty with it’s blend of sweet and sour.
Hokkaido Cheese Mochi Puffs are one of the weirdest things I’ve ever eaten!
They could be similar to a Cheeto puff, except they basically melt the moment you place them in your mouth!
Apple Butter Financier is from one of the fall boxes and is very tasty.
It is a little cake shaped like an apple and it is slightly crunchy on the outside and very moist on the inside. It has a hint of apple flavor.
Apple Caramel Yakkoi Sable was also in a box last fall!
It is a buttery, moist cookie with a hint of apple flavor and some caramel in the middle.
Black Sesame Kinako Chocolate Azuki Beans are azuki beans that have been simmered in sugar and then covered in white chocolate coating. It has something called goma and kinako powder for flavor but I have no idea what those are!
Turns out goma are black sesame seeds while kinako is roasted soybeans. I was expecting a nut in the middle of the coating but it turned out to be soft and sweet. I can’t say exactly what it tastes like, maybe a coated raisin but softer?
Strawberry Kirara I love strawberries so I was looking forward to trying this cookie!
It has two crisp outer cookies and a strawberry filling is sandwiched in between. The flavor is similar to other artificially flavored strawberry treats but my favorite part was the unexpected crispness of cornflakes in the cream filling!
The May Bokksu was a little different from my previous boxes because it had several items that I’ve tried in the past few months. However, since I’m fairly new to this subscription, there were still new snacks to try! I always enjoy learning about Japan through the booklet and the teas are pretty amazing. I’m not sure which snacks was my favorite, probably the Takoyaki Corn Puffs, but there were several others that gave them some competition!
What’s your favorite snack from this month’s box?